Blair of the Mounties is the story of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police -- a fictional series based on the work of the Northwest Mounted Police before the World War I. It was a fifteen minute weekly serial heard every Monday for 36 weeks beginning January 31st, 1938 and running through the 3rd of October of 1938. It may have been on the air as early as 1935, although there’s no actual proof of this.
Little is known of the series other than it followed the exploits of Sgt. Blair of the Northwest Mounted Police. and probably was the inspiration for Trendell, Campbell and Muir's Challenge of the Yukon.
The series was written by Colonel Rhys Davies, who also played the Colonel Blair in the series. Jack Abbot played the Constable.
Jack French, one of OTR’s best researchers says this about the series: “Blair is not restricted to Canada, as other Mounties, as we find him, in a few cases, in Great Britain, solving cases. Overall the series is amateurishly written, with the actor playing Blair coming accros as a bit stuffy.”
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September 26, 2011 Subject:
Good old-fashioned police detection in northern Canada
This is a good, solid, series of crime and police detection in an extreme environment. The writing is old-school: straightforward and serious, with no hint of fun or irony.
Having no special knowledge of this show, I wonder how Canadian it actually is, since the good guys sound British and the bad guys sound American--anybody know?
I also wonder if there is an error in the episode numbers: at the end of ep 06, the announcer says, "You have heard chapter seven of Blair of the Mounties. The next chapter is The Cedar Lake Mystery ((which is listed as episode 07))." It's possible that it was the announcer that was in error.
August 26, 2007 Subject:
Blair of the Mounties
Comfortable old-time show with a lot of atmosphere, if you like to imagine a howling wind and snowy night in Canada.